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'''Forest Steven Whitaker III''' (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, film director|director, and film producer|producer. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as ''Bird (film)|Bird'', ''Platoon (film)|Platoon'', ''Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai'' and ''The Butler|Lee Daniels' The Butler'',[ "In general, he rules."] ''The Boston Globe''. October 1, 2006. for his work in independent films and for his recurring role as LAPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the Emmy Award-winning television series ''The Shield''.Sternbergh, Adam. [ "Out of the Woods: How Forest Whitaker escaped his career slump."] ''New York (magazine)|New York''. January 9,...
Birth name| birth_date = {{Birth date and age|mf=yes|1961|7|15}}
Birth placeLongview, Texas, U.S.
Alma materCal Poly Pomona, University of Southern California, Drama Studio London, New York University
OccupationActor, film producer|producer, film director|director
Years active1982–present
Spouse{{marriage|Keisha Nash|1996}}
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